Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
Reload this Page >

A Useful Surprise

Notices
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

A Useful Surprise

Old 12-07-22, 11:04 AM
  #1  
Standard Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Brunswick, Maine
Posts: 4,280

Bikes: 1948 P. Barnard & Son, 1962 Rudge Sports, 1963 Freddie Grubb Routier, 1980 Manufrance Hirondelle, 1983 F. Moser Sprint, 1989 Raleigh Technium Pre, 2001 Raleigh M80

Mentioned: 26 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1302 Post(s)
Liked 944 Times in 491 Posts
A Useful Surprise

It seems I have entered the fixed-gear scene completely un-intentionally. I built up a late 1940's British racer with hubs that I intended to use a 4-speed freewheel on. These hubs were made by Harden in the 1940's up until 1955. I failed to recognize that the rear is strictly a fixed-gear hub. So now, I have had to locate a fixed-gear cog, lockring and vintage 1/8" chain. I really knew little about fixed-gear, but have read some informative posts at this sub-forum, particularly ones concerning riding fixed-gear with other riders. I have an M.U.P. at the end of my dead-end road, and in the fall, winter and spring, it is mostly un-inhabited on weekdays. It is a paved, 2.6 miles each way, almost perfectly flat. I intend to run 50x16T, which is very similar in gear-inches to the 46x14T that I used on a free-wheel bike when the derailleur was broken. I'll send you some more photos when I get the chain installed, and let you know of my experiences out on the bike path. Most of the items on this bike are period- and place-correct. Is vintage fixed-gear and single speed a "thing" at this sub-forum? I have never ridden a fixed-gear bike before, but intend to rage with this one. The first pic should give you an idea of the hub setup.




Last edited by 1989Pre; 12-07-22 at 11:07 AM.
1989Pre is offline  
Likes For 1989Pre:
Old 12-07-22, 12:38 PM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
TugaDude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 3,504
Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 586 Post(s)
Liked 612 Times in 447 Posts
That is a beautiful bike! Vintage single speed and/or fixed gear examples do come up here at times, but I'd hesitate to say it's a "thing". Personally, I own two which fit that description and I love them both. One is a Motobecane Grand Jubile' and the other is a Miyata 312. The dates are 1976 and 1989 respectively. While not as old as your nice example, they do qualify as vintage I think.



TugaDude is offline  
Likes For TugaDude:
Old 12-07-22, 01:04 PM
  #3  
Standard Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Brunswick, Maine
Posts: 4,280

Bikes: 1948 P. Barnard & Son, 1962 Rudge Sports, 1963 Freddie Grubb Routier, 1980 Manufrance Hirondelle, 1983 F. Moser Sprint, 1989 Raleigh Technium Pre, 2001 Raleigh M80

Mentioned: 26 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1302 Post(s)
Liked 944 Times in 491 Posts
TugaDude, Thanks. Those are both nice. I like the brake levers on the Motobecane. Are you running 42x14T?
1989Pre is offline  
Old 12-07-22, 10:28 PM
  #4  
Senior Member
 
TugaDude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 3,504
Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 586 Post(s)
Liked 612 Times in 447 Posts
I will check on the gearing. Not 100% sure. Getting old!

I added straddle rollers to the mix on the cantilever brakes and just love them.
TugaDude is offline  
Likes For TugaDude:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.